The new Jeep Cherokee has been quite a success for Chrysler, but its factory workers are getting tired. The automaker has agreed to hire up to 1,000 part-time, temporary employees at its Toledo Assembly Complex where the CUV and Wrangler are built. It will allow the company to keep Jeep production moving, while giving laborers a break.

According to plant manager Chuck Padden in the Toledo Blade, full-time workers are regularly taking on 60 hours a week, and it's beginning to wear on them. "To get them more time off is important to us, to make sure they're refreshed, and can work safely," said Padden.

Chrysler has already hired 380 temporary, part-time workers for the plant, and 50 have been converted to full-time employees. The company is in the process of interviewing the rest of the new hires now and plans to have all 1,000 in place by the summer. They will work between 10 and 30 hours a week mostly on weekends for $15.78 per hour with limited benefits. The temporary positions will last "as long as demand continues for the Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Cherokee," said Jodi Tinson, Chrysler spokesperson for manufacturing and labor communications, to Autoblog in an email.

The new workers will allow Wrangler production on Saturdays, and the Cherokee to continue ramping up production. Chrysler's goal is to build 2,000 vehicles at the Toledo plant a day, about 170 more than now. It eventually hopes to export about 15 percent of the new crossovers to overseas markets.


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      knightrider_6
      • 9 Months Ago
      Remember when half the country wanted to let this company die?
        Arizonarelax
        • 9 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        It is fascinating to watch both GM and Fiat/Chrysler emerge from government / tax payer assistance. At this point it appears Chrysler is moving forward with competitive speed with new models that are selling or orders placed - Jeep Cherokee, Dodge ECO Diesel, etc. while GM is struggling with old very sad ignition cover-ups, Chevy trucks heavily discounted, Cadillac high-priced rebadged Volt. The new Vette is on target and it appears the new Camaro platform is promising but late to the party when the Mustang arrives in a few months.
          knightrider_6
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Arizonarelax
          Last I checked GM sold 1 million more vehicles in US compared to Fiat/Chrysler in 2013
          Sir Duke
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Arizonarelax
          cadillac has sold more than 100 units of said "High-priced rebadged Volt". Late or not, the Camaro will again outsell the Mustang, that's just the way it is.
          no1bondfan
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Arizonarelax
          GM has been a mixed bag for sure. I rode in a 2014 Impala recently, and it was a very impressive car. They have a lot of baggage to overcome (in term of perceptions), but that car is proof that they have real engineering and design chops when they want to.
          john96xlt
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Arizonarelax
          "the Camaro will again outsell the Mustang, that's just the way it is." Based on what, exactly? The fact that Mustang demand slowed when the Camaro finally came to market? Or based on previous Mustang vs. Camaro sales reports, oh wait, it was always the Mustang that was on top, even throughout the '90s and early '00s when GM killed the Camaro.
        churchmotor
        • 9 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Knightrider, I'm cool with the Italians saving Jeep and now owning them. Never wanted Jeep to die. But I never wanted to pay out of my pocket to save them.
      carguy1701
      • 9 Months Ago
      Good for Chrysler.
      knightrider_6
      • 9 Months Ago
      At a press conference this morning, President Romney took credit for creating 1000 jobs in Toledo.
      Ted
      • 9 Months Ago
      Looks like less and less people are believing Consumer Report Biased articles about Jeep. I test drove one and will be trading my BMW in on one as soon as the Dealer get done fixing it AGAIN !
        knightrider_6
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Ted
        "will be trading my BMW in on one as soon as the Dealer get done fixing it AGAIN !" Looks like you are the one who didn't check Consumer Reports. LOL
          Sir Duke
          • 9 Months Ago
          @knightrider_6
          CR said they didn't like the 2.4L multiair + 9-speed model, that's it.
      Arizonarelax
      • 9 Months Ago
      So where did all the Cherokee defeatists go? Refilling the Sippy cups I imagine. :)
        Sir Duke
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Arizonarelax
        I was one who hated the six-eyed front end, like the rest of the vehicle. Happy for them that its selling though. Still haven't warmed up to the mug yet.
        zack_falcon
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Arizonarelax
        I'm one of them, if only because I dislike the styling, and the use of a venerable name on a vehicle that does not live up to the old one's standards. But I never said it wouldn't sell well. Contrary to that, I predicted it will sell VERY well - it's because the Jeep brand has weight, and the KL is a good car.
      mikeybyte1
      • 9 Months Ago
      Glad the vehicle is such a hit for them, and even better that they are exporting from the US.
      Karfreek
      • 9 Months Ago
      That will only help the quality index... Be sure to check the MDH code on your next Jeep and make sure it does not fall in March or April 2014.
      Censor Deeznuutz
      • 9 Months Ago
      for $15.78 per hour,,,back in the old days...how much were they making per hour? $30? My times have changed.
        CEC
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Censor Deeznuutz
        You would complain about 15.75 for a PART TIME job. For many people in the US that pay more then their full time job.
      Censor Deeznuutz
      • 9 Months Ago
      for $15.78 per hour and I'm sure the executives pay has quadrupled in the last 20 years...
        usa1
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Censor Deeznuutz
        Will there is a line of qualified applicant willing to work for $15.78/hour? If so, that's all that matter. Let's have a bit of faith in supply and demand. I agree executive pay is out of hand.
          knightrider_6
          • 9 Months Ago
          @usa1
          There is an even longer line of qualified workers willing to be CEOs for million dollar a year. It's not about supply and demand. The system is rigged. Guess who decides CEO pay? Other CEOs
      taeles
      • 9 Months Ago
      Udunno about this. I can imagine hiring part time for alot of different things. Holiday seasons at shopping malls for example. But I don't completely like the idea of some temp worker being brought in to assemble potential high speed projectiles of death such as cars where any one small thing not assembled correctly could in theory end up as a autoblog 'watch this' video post.
        gtv4rudy
        • 9 Months Ago
        @taeles
        I really do have concerns when a major car company needs to hire part-timers to assemble the family car.
      Teleny411
      • 9 Months Ago
      Why not hire full time employees and pay them benefits?
        john96xlt
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Teleny411
        Um, because the increased demand/extra work load may not last and they'd have to then be gotten rid of? Just a thought. Stupid.
        jtav2002
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Teleny411
        Because they have a business to run, and they're going to do what makes the most financial sense, not what makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. We would all love for them to higher full time employees that get a good wage and benefits. But if the need isn't there, there's not much incentive for them to bring on full time workers just to potentially lay them off anyway. Additionally, they're saying most of the hours are weekend hours, so I'd imagine while they have increased demand for these vehicles and subsequent need for more bodies, it's not enough to warrant bringing people on for 5 days a week, at over double the salary, plus benefits. You're talking a HUGE swing in costs.
      the man
      • 9 Months Ago
      love it, cherokees selling like hot cakes and Consumer Reports bashes it. Remember when Consumer Reports praised the new Ford Escape and then within less than a Year it had 7 recalls.
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